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Friday, September 22, 2006

knits -- and more pleas for advice

I've closed all the windows, stored the open-toe shoes and even started fretting about cold air seeping in through our air conditioner.

Yep, it's officially autumn, the season when we knitters come into our own. Of course I knit all year, but it starts feeling functional and downright necessary right about now. (And let's face it, a knit camisole is fun but perhaps a little superfluous.)

So I finally broke out my Brooks Farm Harmony from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and, in typical Carrie form, could not decide what scarf to knit. After several days of thoughtful deliberation, I settled on the shell and wave pattern.

This picture doesn't do the yarn justice, trust me. It's delovely.

So here come my pleas for advice. For starters -- has anyone anywhere ever had success treating under eye circles? I've had them since I was reading "Highlights" and no amount of sleep helps. Exhibit A:

I've tried numerous products, most recently this nonsense. Nada. Is it something I'm eating? Like excessive coffee or wheat pasta?

And I guess this isn't a plea for advice but just fishing for ideas. I mentioned our bare walls in the last post. I found some triptychs on eBay, but they seem a little suspect (particularly since the images seem a tad photoshopped). At least you'll get the idea of what I'm looking for. What do you think?

I guess deep down I just want to wrap the house in forest wallpaper, like from my dentists office in the 1980s. Maybe something like this or this?

But don't worry -- I'm not actually going to wallpaper. Do you think I could affix wallpaper to canvases and create my own triptych? Have I lost my darn mind?


Blogger Jessica / Fig & Plum said...

methinks there was a thread on apartment therapy about this a while back - not wallpaper but stretching one of these forest motifs over a vast frame of some kind. their search engine sucks though.

i like the whole-wall wallpaper effect, myself!

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Janelle said...

Hi from a first-time commenter...

I noticed the poppy background on your screen in the wall shot, and that combined with your example from eBay reminded me of Thomas Mangelsen's photography:

I live near the California gallery and love going in there to see what's new. They have the hugest most beautiful print of aspen trunks that my husband and I just drool over. It's gorgeous.

Look under "Limited Editions" and "Landscapes" for some really cool photos (including poppy and lupine photos that I LOVE) that are similar to the art in the eBay auction. More expensive, but guaranteed not to be photoshopped. :)

I have no association with Thomas Mangelsen, other than loving to go to the gallery in La Jolla and staring at the walls for a while...


1:06 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

I think the forst triptych or however it's spelled is a fantastic idea.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Carrie, I love the idea of a triptych - that sounds perfect! You could use wallpaper or fabric...

I think we were together at MDSW when you bought that lovely Brooks Farm! :)

8:02 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i'm not sure if the under-eye circles can be fixed unless you are willing to wear makeup. i've never found a product that works but covering them up!

i love the triptych idea. the ebay one is pretty and saturated. it would make a bold statement.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

I love the idea of transforming a city apartment into a forest! It's green, it's sunny, it's beautiful...

10:26 AM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

please don't cover your apt in wallpaper...please!

you can take fabric or wallpaper and stretch it over a canvas and create your own art that way. all you have to do is staple it to the back of the canvas.

the one on ebay is pretty cool, I wonder how saturated it is in real life.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

A triptych would be great for the space. Are you married to the idea of it being photo realistic? NY is full of set designer-types who could paint something fab for you, I'm sure. Just a thought...

The Brooks Farm scarf will be lovely. I've got several hanks that I got at Maryland and Stitches destined to be Clapotis and the like.

10:40 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

I don't see why you couldn't stretch and staple the stuff around a canvas. Now that I see example of what you're looking for, I think the effect will be dramatic!

Undereye circles...not sure if we've got the same problem, but I truly believe that Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel makes me look less tired. And no, I'm not a Mary Kay dealer.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

My sister always has little bags under her eyes too, and she has the most fair, translucent skin. She uses a great under eye concealer when she really wants to hide them... I think that's about all you can do. The firming products I think are a giant waste of $$.

As for the bare walls, I found a site called Maybe you can find some nifty ideas there?

10:52 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I love the idea of stretching paper or printed fabric over a big frame - I know I've seen frames at the art supply store near my house. You could even change the fabric/paper every few years to mix it up a little.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I like Ooh la lift by Benefit Cosmetics. If you use it twice a day, it seems to help.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

I have the same problem with the undereye dark circles so I started using Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair and Neutrogena's Undereye Corrector pen. Both are fabulous.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Dark circles. Exercise (cardio) and a huge amount of water each day. Reduce salt and starchy carbs. The exercise is really the thing that helps me but, of course, we're all different.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

That yarn looks lovely! I don't know what to do about the dark circles either; I tend to just try to cover them up though it doesn't work too well.

5:33 PM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

The only thing ive ever been able to do about dark circles is makeup. but of course that never really solves anything, does it? maybe you could go to one of those obnoxious makeup counters and see?
tryptics are cool, and the only advice i could say is maybe looking into having a printmaker make one for you? or perhaps if you saw anyone at renegade, you could see if they would do anything like that? i think renegade site has the links to the artists/crafters that were there.
nice scarf!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

First, I like the triptychs. Very pretty.

The duplex my family rented in the 80's had forest wallpaper. I also had a pet cockatiel. EVERYDAY when I would take my bird out of its cage, it would try to fly in to the "forest". This happened at least once every day.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Biglug said...

Brooks Farm is so nice that it's been nearly impossible for me to ever decide what I'm going to make with it. Pretty darn near impossible. For your bare walls I have no advice, for I moved in June and we still have boxes full of crap. Though I think painting the walls may appease some of your need for art. :)

4:29 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

My [holistic and very good] doctor told me that the dark circles are usually caused by a food allergy/intolerance, and that most often it is dairy. I've had them since I was a kid too. I went off dairy and lots of other things (wheat, etc.) for 4 weeks, though, and gave up as they did not go away. But they were supposed to, so maybe it would work for you?
If it makes you feel any better, I never noticed that you had them!!!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Neutrogena tinted moisturizer is my friend. Black circles, ruddy all blends in nicely.

And I think some beautiful Denyse Schmidt or Amy Butler fabrics would be gorgeous as a triptych.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Do you have allergies? I get dark circles during my prime time allergy season (otherwise known as spring and fall).

8:15 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

Hey chica - I remember that Brooks Farm! I haven't touched my fourplay yet...In fact, I haven't touched much yarn since becoming a homeowner...sigh.

As for blank wall...I JUST read something on shelterrific about vintage wallpaper making a comeback. My first reaction was WTF??? But the trypic idea is really cool. And so un-wallpapery. Whatever you choose to decorate with, I'm sure it will look gorgeous :)

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I have used every under eye lotion and potion out there. i'm not sure anything really works (other than to moisturize). I really like Smashbox's under eye brightener. it can be worn under concealer (or without). Do you have a dermatologist you can ask for recommendations?

12:18 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

the triptych idea is great. i think some nice fabric over canvas would be an easy solution. i think they had something similar at urban outfitters recently too - of course you could make the same thing for much, much cheaper!

DB has a problem w/ dark circles too. they've gotten better over the last year or so, but when he's tired they come right back. i try to get him to not stress out so much and get sleep. i've also gotten him to drink plenty of water and lay off the carbs, sugar, and salt. it seems to have helped a lot, but again, they aren't totally gone for good.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Love the Autumn Forest mural. So beautiful with just a hint of magic. Like there are fairies and elves hiding just out of site and if you look hard enough, you just might see a glint of wing or a peep of curled toe.

I've always heard that tons of water and exercise can help. Maybe facial massage can improve circulation and reduce them a little.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Francie said...

Hi--also a first-time commenter who's been decorating a new house recently. Re: your triptych dilemma--check out these marimekko wall hanging kits!

A little pricey for a bolt of fabric, but not any more so than a painting, that's for sure. And so pretty!



12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy! longtime reader, first-time commenter ... i think i recall that if you get enough sleep and drink enough water, any remaining dark circles are probably just yours. especially if you've had them since you were young! but if you are interested in trying something else, here's some cover-up advice from someone who hates to wear a lot of makeup: try clinique's Superbalanced compact makeup. you can just buy the refill instead of the whole giant compact dealie, and it covers EVERYTHING -- plus it's light as a feather, not cakey on dry skin, not slippy on oily. it seriously does NOT look or feel like makeup on the skin, and you only need a dab. i adore it. plus, if you hate it you can take it back!


ps: sorry my very first comment on your lovely blog is about MAKEUP. I am more than a little ashamed. ;)

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exercise, Vitamin B complex- sublingual, lots of water and don't rub your eyes!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

you can totally stretch fabric over canvas stretcher bars or wallpaper over prestretched canvas- i've done it a bunch of times. you just have to staple it a certain way so your tension is even all the way around. you just put your first staple in (say the top of the piece) then staple the opposite side (bottom of piece), then right side, then left, and so on.

9:11 PM  

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